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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / pieced duvet cover on: August 16, 2010 03:40:51 PM
I'm considering making a down comforter cover that is pieced.  I'm not sure if then I should line it or Huh?  Anyone have any experience or more able to think these things through to their logical conclusion?  It would be appreciated.  Smiley
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Jeans question x 2 on: August 13, 2010 06:56:50 AM
Hi there!  I have lots of crafty skills, but sewing clothes is not one of them!  I am wondering how to fix a problem with those stretchy jeans.  It seems that all the jeans you can buy have at least some stretch to them now.  I think my body shape doesn't work well for this though.  It seems that my waist is a bit smaller than my hips so after a few wearings the waist is stretched out and the jeans are falling off.  I would love to put something on the inside of the waist to keep the shape so that I don't have to always wear a belt but I'm not sure what to use or how to do it.  Any help would be appreciated! 

Also I have a pair of jeans someone picked up for my 3yo from Goodwill.  They are super cute but missing one half of the snap closure.  (Maybe it has a different name besides snap because it's much bigger than the kind you just sew right on.)  How should I fix that? 

Thanks in advance!!!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / As it turns out (nook cover) on: August 12, 2010 07:48:05 PM
I'm not that great at sewing.  I've made a few quilts but it seems that putting other things together is beyond me!  At any rate I made a nook cover using these two tutorials:

For putting the squares together:

For the nook cover itself:

SO rather than tell you all of the many things that I did wrong, fixed, did wrong in a new and different way, sort of fixed...well you get the idea - I'm going to just show you the pics of the finished product.  I'm pretty happy with it but it would be hard not to be happy with something made from that fabric line!!!





So thanks for looking my crafty friends!
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Fabric quality question on: August 03, 2010 12:56:54 PM
I have noticed a buzz around the blogs that only high quality (expensive at $8-$10 a yard) is worth it in the long run.  I'm wondering if people here have an opinion about that.  If I had oodles of cash I would just go for it, heck who doesn't want a house full of Amy Butler??  But I see really cute prints at my local Joann for about half the price.  Any thoughts on the long term quality difference, or even short term! 

25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First time free motion quilting on: July 25, 2010 07:53:53 PM
I think the title says it all...



Fabric is Arcadia by Moda...oh how I love you Arcadia! 
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilt border made easy tutorial and question on: July 25, 2010 01:47:06 PM

I'm working on a quilt for my almost three-year-old daughter. I've been taking precut triangles with me as I travel for work and sewing away on airplanes and during meetings. I'm finishing putting it together with my machine.

I wanted to create a border, and as I was going I thought of a quick way to put it together which I will share right here!

Using a white Bella solid I cut 6 inch strips which I then cut into 6 inch squares. I sliced each square in half to create the triangles I needed. We'll call this the "background fabric."

I chose how I wanted the patterned fabrics to come together and laid them out in order as seen here:

Now choose your first patterned triangle and grab one background piece and put them together so you know which way to sew like this:


Put your right sides together (if you have them - the white one doesn't) and sew along the edge shown next to the scissors:


Like this:

OK - Here comes the tricky bit so get ready! Once you get to the corner don't pick up your presser foot.


Now slip another patterned piece under the top triangle right side up. Lift your presser foot up and try to match the bottom corner first and then ease it up to match at the top corner. Youmight have to lift your needle to get it just right. T

This little tip is worth noting - when you turn the corner anchor your stitch by sewing forward two stitches and then back two stitches.  If you don't anchor then you end up with corners like this:

Then go ahead and start sewing down the side like this:


Now when you get to the corner grab another background triangle from your stack and match it to the corner to make a square, anchor your corner, and sew on down the side.


As you go it will look like this:


And spread out a bit:


Once you have sewn your row you can start on the next one or head over to the iron. We're going to go ahead and iron so you can peek at how it goes.

First set your seams by pressing the hot iron on them for just a second.  I laid mine out like this:

Then go ahead and trim those pointy corners now - it's going to make ironing them much easier!


Now I typically iron my seams to the dark side (join me in the dark side...)  ahem.  These are much less bulky and come together nicely ironing the seams each back to their own side.


Once you've finished go ahead and put them on your quilt.

Now I'm just wondering if I should put another round of sashing on the outside, or go ahead and bind it as is (after quilting).  I'm also not completely decided about how I'll do the back of it.  Any suggestions for finishing will be appreciated!
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Upcycled reuse plant labels...pics pics pics on: July 05, 2010 07:37:54 PM
So this would be my VERY first tutorial ever.  I had an idea that I thought was pretty clever (this happens all the time) and this one turned out to actually work (extremely rare occurrence).  I planted lots of seedlings but didn't want to spend any money on plant labels because I am a very "thrifty" person.  I've been saving these juice containers for ages and we have filled them with markers, played with them in the tub, and used them to collect dust on the kitchen counter.  When I saw them sitting there I thought those would make the perfect free plant labels!

Materials needed:
Plastic juice container
Fine tipped permanent marker

First you cut a line down the plastic juice container from the top to the circle bottom. 

Continue cutting along the bottom until you have cut the circle out.  What you have left will look like this:

Some people would cut the strips a specific width but I am not those people:

Label your stick in writing legible only to you and a few select pharmacists:

Since my seedlings are still growing (and yes, it's awfully late in the year for starting seeds but the first round failed miserably) I'm using these alongside them until it's time to pot or plant:

And there you have it!  Free plant labels. 

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